HS ASCEND Rich Camilli

Rich Camilli

Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Richard Camilli is a Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-manager of the Deep Submergence Laboratory. He has served on over 50 oceanographic expeditions throughout the world, and led multiple NASA Astrobiology research programs focused on advancing early TRL autonomy. In 2019 his NASA PSTAR team demonstrated the first autonomous sample collection and return from a robotic underwater vehicle during a mission within one of Earth’s most active subsea volcanoes.  His research focuses on vehicle platform and instrumentation systems for exploration and observation in hazardous environments, with a current emphasis on cooperative robotics and mixed initiative autonomy. He received his PhD from MIT in 2003 and was a 2010 US Nation Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient.

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